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    E45 Ftw
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    (Original post by Rogarn)
    Hello....
    I am 16 years old and have suffered for Ezcema for all my life!... I have tried so many creams but none of then have worked! My Ezcema gets really bad in the winter and becomes all drie..... No matter what i do it is always drie! Does anyone know of a really good cream that will help my Ezcema out!? If you do then thank you... you will have been a great big help to me!
    I'm in a similar position...I've used sooo many creams! I am currently using E45...it is not an out and out cure but it has helped a lot and now only if i don't apply the E45 for a couple of days does the eczema resurface and even then it is not as bad as it used to be. I also used a chinese herbal cream when I was younger that made the eczema less extreme. If you are anything like me then steroids may actually make it worse
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    To those people who said you need to get Eumovate from your doctor...

    It is an over-the-counter medicine, getting on prescription is cheaper but you can just go into boots or any pharmacist and purchase it. Eumovate to me is the absolute best thing to deal with skin eruptions whether its just starting to come up or is already looking very red and angry.
    For dry skin I have found that there is no substitute for E45.

    The best thing for keeping your eczema in check is to have a skincare routine - make sure every morning you apply E45 onto all areas of your body which are dry, straight after you have a shower make sure you apply E45 (also do not have very hot or long showers - washing dries out the skin) and depending on how your skin is you may need to apply it again across your body before you go to bed.

    I am fortunate that I have managed to get my eczema seriously into check now by a good skincare routine, lots of exercise, a healthy diet and getting lots of sunlight onto my skin. It's weird because I did that for about 6 months and it completely healed me of my eczema and its never come back since with the same tenacity.
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    Elecon!!! hoenst to god, that stufff works miracles :L
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    E45 has never evereververvevr.. EVER done any good for me, personally. It does for many people, I know, but just pointing out that what works for some people may well not work for others.
    Steroid creams are the best option usually, but they do vary in potency. I know a few people have mentioned Elocon, but it's a pretty potent one. You'd be better off trying a milder one first, unless of course you GP thinks you need something stronger anyway.
    I mentioned Fucibet a few pages back, which is more specifically for eczema with a bacterial infection, and that worked for me. It's potent though - I was given Nystaform, a mild steroid cream, for the same reason, and that cleared it up too. So yeah, you may not need something particularly strong.

    (Original post by atheistwithfaith)
    To those people who said you need to get Eumovate from your doctor...

    It is an over-the-counter medicine, getting on prescription is cheaper but you can just go into boots or any pharmacist and purchase it. Eumovate to me is the absolute best thing to deal with skin eruptions whether its just starting to come up or is already looking very red and angry.
    For dry skin I have found that there is no substitute for E45.
    It's actually cheaper in Boots if you're a poor soul who has to pay for their prescriptions :emo:
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Have you tried Betnovate?
    This. But as far as I know you need a prescription.
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    I'm the same. I've just been prescribed Betnovate cream and it's been working great. it's a steroid based cream. Need to go to the drs for it.
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    Hydrocrtisone or Double Base
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    I use hydrocortisone when it's at it's worst, but when it's just like dry skin I use doublebase which I get from my doctor! (Y)
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    Hiya had to reply to you cus have suffered with eczema all my life and know how miserable it can make you! The creams others have recommended - aqueous cream, doublebase etc - are effective and obviously so is hydrocortizone. I go for a hydrocortizone ointment rather than cream as it sits on the skin longer rather than cream which soaks in and disappears. I would be careful using E45 as it has lanolin in it which is a trigger of eczema for some people (including me!). Eczema can be a reaction to various things including food allergies, animal fur, perfumed beauty products and also stress so try to recognise your triggers and then avoid them if possible (I know its difficult to avoid stress unfortunately!) but you could try cutting out dairy or wheat and see if it helps.
    I also take evening primrose oil which helps me - any fatty acid such as flaxseed oil or fish oil is good for helping dry skin as it helps the body retain water and therefore alleviates eczema to a degree.
    I would consult your doctor before you take any of my advice but ask about the fatty acid thing - treating from inside as well as outside has always helped me.
    p.s. never use hydrocortizone on your face!
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    I'm unfortunately something of an expert in this field ... I had it so bad that I've been under a professor at Queen's med in Nottingham for 4 years now, and been tested on over 30 steroid and non-steroid creams. I'd have to say that Cutivate is undoubtedly my favourite, and is a lot more powerful and effective that a lot of the creams being mentioned here.


    Hydrocortisone, Sudocrem and even Betnovate aren't going to work if it's so bad that it's affecting your life, they are more for general flare-ups.
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    E45 never works for serious eczema (that I know of, one being me). Has it worked for anyone with serious eczema (i.e. they were once hospitalised for eczema?)
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    Sounds like E45 works for most people!..... Thank you everyone! Im going to try most of the creams above.. I will find the right one that works perfecally Thank you!!
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    e45 was the cream of choice for my friends. I'd prefer Savlon.
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    Oilatum is very good for everyday use - it smells a little but still its really good.
    Things like betnovate are useful for fighting sudden outbursts of the darn skin condition.
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    Diprobase was the best for me for moisture, but coupled with hydrocortisone oitment which cleared it up for a while.
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    You should be using an emollient (eg. doublebase, diprobase, aqueous cream) as often as you can and as much as you can every day, at least four or five times daily. In addition to this you can use a steroid cream (e.g. hydrocortisone) thinly twice a day for up to seven days. If it's that bad, go see your doctor, there are far more effective treatments available on prescription than over the counter.
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    (Original post by Economist)
    Moisturisers are ok for general use but to get rid i've found you really need a steroid cream, Dermovate is the best ive come across
    That's because it's the strongest. it's not good for your skin or andrenal glands.

    I get it on my knuckles and i'm a boxer, I use betno 0.1 when its bad otherwise i just use aqu every night and it keeps it at bay.
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    (Original post by Ruthie!)
    as above, in particular hydrocortisone.

    Deffinatley hydrocortisone.. but dont use it in cream form, you should try an oinment one. i used to have mild eczema when i was younger (since i was a baby), so i was always connected to the skin specialist until 16... but i dont need them anymore because they helped me find the best ointment for my skin (i dont think i could ever thank them enough).

    Now there are no signs of eczema on my body aprt from the odd scarring.. wich dissapear after after a long term of exfolliating.

    The ointment i use is called 'Efcortelan ointment 2.5%'... and it contains hydrocotisone 2.5%

    i would deffinatley reccomend it to you.. it also helped someone else i know who suffered from eczema for a long time.

    There is also the 'Epaderm emollient' which you can use to apply on top of the hydrocortisone to sooth your skin... you could also use it when bathing,.. it keeps your skin moisterised for like forever.


    And also when bathing you could use 'hydromol emollient liquid' for dry skins.

    I use all 3 mentioned above, twice a month... even though i dont have eczema anymore... but as you may know eczema is a skin condition that dissapears and may come back. ( i have sudden outbreaks in the past, so best to be on the safe side)

    I buy them from the pharmacy.. so you could ask your gp.
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    i have eczema since the age of like 16, took loads of different herbs for ages and actually it cleared up for quite a long time but now it comes back when i eat certain foods..

    so i face a dilema, eat a really really bland diet and be free of it or eat some tastier foods and put up with it

    anyways as for creams, tea tree oil cream to help with an outbreak helps lesson the itching and buying a good moisturiser like a body butter also helps the excessive flaking

    i've also been reading up on the link between vitamin d and eczema/psoriasis and apparently supplimenting with a decent amount of vitamin d provides relief somewhat so i think i will try that.

    seems to make sence too as our main source of vitamin d is from the sun and alot of people claim thier condition worsens in the winter (less sunlight)
 
 
 
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